Anupam Pandey

Assistant Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

243 Link Hall



  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Jadavpur University, 2010
  • M.S. in Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 2014
  • Ph.D. in Applied Physics, University of Twente, 2018 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Soft Matter
  • Elasticity
  • Capillarity
  • Viscous flow

Lab/ Center/ Institute affiliation – BioInspired Institute

My primary research interest is understanding the mechanics of soft and squishy materials such as elastomers, hydrogels, and polymer melts. At a low energetic cost these materials can bend, fold, crease, pop or snap, exhibiting a variety of large (sometimes singular) and fast deformations. Their response emerge from an intricate coupling between geometry and material (surface and bulk) properties. Combining experimental, theoretical and numerical tools I study how soft materials behave when they are adhered to other substrates, wetted by liquid drops, or exposed to a flow. Leveraging this fundamental knowledge, my research lab aims to advance the development of flexible and wearable electronics, sensors and actuators for smart materials and functional surfaces.

Honors and Awards:

  • Outstanding faculty award – Sigma Gamma Tau (2024).
  • Active learning initiative fellowship at Cornell University (2021).
  • International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ICTAM) Travel Award (2016).

Selected Publications: